On January 11, 2023, the prison at Guantánamo Bay has been open for 21 years — that’s 7671 days — and the Gitmo Clock, first launched under President Obama, and re-launched in 2018, continues to let the world know how disgraceful it is that the prison is still open.
The clock will count how many days the prison has been open until it is finally closed for good.
Conceived by the Bush administration as a place to hold prisoners seized in the “war on terror” outside the reach of the U.S. courts, Guantánamo became a place where torture and abuse were practiced, and it remains a place where those held are not imprisoned according to international accepted norms — as criminals facing federal court trials, or as prisoners of war protected by the Geneva Conventions, who can be held unmolested until the end of hostilities — but as, essentially, what they have always been: men without rights subjected to indefinite imprisonment without charge or trial, whose release can only come about through the whim of the president.
35 men are still held at Guantánamo, and every day that the prison remains open is an affront to America’s cherished notion of itself as a country founded on the rule of law, that respects the rule of law. Guantánamo is a legal, moral and ethical abomination, and its continued existence is also counter-productive, tarnishing America’s reputation abroad and inflaming anti-American sentiment.
What you can do
Please print one of the posters below, showing how many days Guantánamo has been open, and calling on President Biden to close it, take a photo of yourself with the poster (or ask a friend or family member to take a photo) and send it to: firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll show your photos on a new, dedicated page on the website. Please choose from the posters below:
- 7671 days (Jan 11, 2023)
- 7700 days (Feb 9, 2023)
- 7800 days (May 20, 2023)
- 7900 days (Aug 28, 2023)
- 8000 days (Dec 6, 2023)
- 8036 days (Jan 11, 2024)